Manchester Arndale Summer Events

Manchester Arndale announces it’s summer events 2017!

The first events will be held as part of the Read Manchester BookBench project (organised by the National Literacy Trust, Manchester City Council and Wild in Art) which will see 58 iconic BookBenches installed around the city.

Six of them located within Manchester Arndale and have been designed by children from local schools including Higher Openshaw Community School, Moston Fields Primary School, St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, St. Bernard’s RC Primary School and St. Peter’s CE Primary School, as well as Manchester Creative and Media Academy.

Now, to celebrate the project and encourage more children to read over the summer break, Manchester Arndale is hosting a series of free literary events in centre from Saturday 29th July through to the end of August.

Head of Marketing Lisa Henderson said of the initiative:
“It’s great to be involved in the BookBench project; it’s brought creativity and beautiful artwork into the centre, as well as giving young people a place to sit and read. With plenty going on in the city centre this summer, we want to offer families visiting Manchester Arndale a complete day out and we hope that these events will keep everyone entertained.”

In addition to the BookBench events, the much-loved ‘Get Your Eat On’ also returns to Manchester Arndale for a fifth year. From 26th July to 6th August, it gives shoppers access to 35 different food offers across the centre. Voucher booklets can be picked up in centre or online at

Discounts include plenty of buy one get one free offers, the chance for kids to eat free, plus up to 30% off meals at various eateries in the centre.
Full list of free reading events:

Once Upon a Time – Exchange Court
Families will have the opportunity to join the Story Narrators as they are guided through the adventure of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Children can meet the characters he encounters along the way, as well as getting the chance to join in and contribute to the story telling experience.
Saturday 29 July 11am – 6pm
Sunday 30 July 12pm – 5pm
(Regular performances throughout the day)

Disney Store
Great stories change lives! Join the Disney team in-store for a magical story telling event featuring the Beauty and the Beast tale.
Saturday 5 August 3pm – 5pm (drop in any time)
Saturday 26 August 3pm – 5pm (drop in any time)

LEGO – Manchester Arndale
Build your LEGO® Story. Join the team at the LEGO® Store for storytelling and creative hands-on building fun with LEGO® CITY Jungle Explorers.
Saturday 12 August 11am – 1pm (drop in any time)